Deaths in History on January 16

  • 309 Marcellus I, Roman Catholic Pope (308-09), and saint, dies at 54
  • 960 Polyeuctus, Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1343 Robert of Anjou, king (Naples), dies
  • 1400 John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter, English politician, executed at around 47 or 48 after the failure of the Epiphany Rising conspiracy against King Henry IV
  • 1545 George Spalatin, German humanist, reformer and important figure in the Reformation, dies at 60
  • 1547 Johannes Schöner, German polymath, astronomer and cartographer (Schöner globes), dies at 70
  • 1554 Christiern Pedersen, Danish humanist (b. 1480)
  • 1585 Edward Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln, English admiral (b. 1512)
  • 1595 Murad III, Ottoman Sultan (1574-95), dies at 48
  • 1659 Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer, dies at 78
  • 1710 Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (b. 1675)
  • 1711 Joseph Vaz, Oratorian priest and missionary in Ceylon, dies at 59
  • 1747 Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
  • 1748 Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1750 Ivan Trubetskoy, Russian field marshal, dies at 82
  • 1752 Francis Blomefield, English topographer (History of Norfolk), dies at 46

Edward GibbonEdward Gibbon (1737-1794)

English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), dies in London at 56

  • 1809 Sir John Moore, British General, at the Battle of Corunna (b. 1761)
  • 1817 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
  • 1834 Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette, French mathematician (b. 1769)
  • 1842 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter, dies of typhoid fever at 39
  • 1849 Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de Wette, German theologist, dies at 69
  • 1856 Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
  • 1879 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, dies at 51
  • 1885 Edmond François Valentin About, French writer (Le Roi des montagnes), dies at 56
  • 1886 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), dies at 81
  • 1892 Imakita Kosen, Zen teacher/abbot of Engagkuji monastery, dies
  • 1893 Johan Philip Koelman, painter/sculptor/architect, dies at 74
  • 1898 Charles Pelham Villiers, longest-serving MP in the British House of Commons (b. 1802)
  • 1899 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, dies at 89
  • 1901 Arnold Böcklin, Swiss painter (b. 1827)

Hiram R. RevelsHiram R. Revels (1827-1901)

American clergyman, politician,1st African American in Congress (US Senator from Mississippi, 1870-71), and college president (Alcorn, 1871-82), dies at 73

  • 1906 Marshall Field, American entrepreneur and the founder of Marshall Field and Company, dies at 71
  • 1912 Georg Heym, German writer, dies in an ice skating accident at 24
  • 1913 Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, American aeronaut and inventor, dies at 80
  • 1916 Arnold Aletrino, Dut physician-criminologist (From Death), dies at 57

George DeweyGeorge Dewey (1837-1917)

U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

  • 1919 Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, President of Brazil (b. 1848)
  • 1924 Maurice de Plessys, French poet (Palace Occidental), dies at 59
  • 1924 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (b. 1859)
  • 1935 Ma Barker, American criminal (b. 1871)
  • 1936 Albert Fish, American serial killer, executed at 65
  • 1938 Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Indian Bengali novelist (Devdas), dies at 61
  • 1942 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (1911-16), dies at 91
  • 1943 Franz Courtens, Flemish painter (Sunny Lane), dies at 88
  • 1945 Dennis Donnini, British rifleman (Victoria Cross), dies in battle at 19
  • 1954 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • 1957 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and Canada, dies at 82
  • 1962 Emanuel Stickelberger, Swiss writer (Holbein in England), dies at 77
  • 1962 Frank Hurley, Australian photographer (b. 1885)
  • 1962 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
  • 1966 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Sage of Kai-Roi), dies at 72
  • 1967 Robert J. Van De Graaff, American engineer & physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions), dies at 65
  • 1968 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • 1970 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
  • 1972 Teller Ammons, American attorney and politician (Governor of Colorado, 1937-39), dies at 76
  • 1977 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions), dies at 53
  • 1978 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), dies at 92
  • 1979 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer, dies at 82
  • 1980 Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), dies at 94
  • 1985 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • 1986 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • 1987 Bertram Wainer, Australian physician pro-abortion access campaigner, dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1987 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), dies at 79
  • 1987 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • 1988 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • 1992 Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master, dies at 73
  • 1993 Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide
  • 1994 Stephen Kritsick, veterinarian (Good Morning America), dies at 42
  • 1996 Kaye Webb, English writer and publisher (Puffin Club), dies at 81
  • 1997 Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • 1997 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • 1998 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • 1999 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2001 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • 2002 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), dies at 84
  • 2004 Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • 2009 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), dies at 91
  • 2013 Abigail Van Buren [Pauline Phillips], American columnist and radio show host known for "Dear Abby" advice column, twin sister of fellow advice columnist Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer), dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 94
  • 2017 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • 2019 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), dies at 79
  • 2020 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, dies at 95
  • 2020 Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on and designed submarines, dies at 91
  • 2022 Charles McGee, American US Air Force officer and fighter pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam), dies at 102
  • 2022 Collarwali, Indian tigress and 'Super Mum' who birthed 29 cubs, cremated at Pench Tiger Reserve at 16 [1]